We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are the Different Types of Motorcycle Luggage?

By Christina Edwards
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseTour is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseTour, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Whether they are taking a quick trip to the store or riding across the country, many motorcycle owners will need some sort of motorcycle luggage. Saddlebags are considered to be the most common type, but other types are also available. There are also hard or soft types of luggage that can be attached to the pillion, or passenger, seat or passenger backrest. Smaller storage compartments can also be attached to the fuel tank of a motorcycle or located under the seat.

Panniers are commonly referred to as saddlebags or motorcycle bags, and they are one of the most common types of motorcycle luggage. These are made up of two containers that are attached by a strap. This type of luggage is typically draped across the frame, with one container alongside each rear wheel. Certain types of saddlebags are removable, while others are permanently affixed to the motorcycle.

Many saddlebags are leather, but they can also be made from other materials like plastic, metal, or fabric. Leather and fabric bags are often soft and flexible, while plastic and metal boxes are typically rigid. Some saddlebags are also designed with a locking mechanism.

The pillion is another place where motorcycle luggage can be placed. There are several different packs, for instance, that can be attached to the front of the sissy bars, or backrest. In the absence of a passenger, these packs can be set right on the seat. On the other hand, bike owners can attach these packs to the back of the sissy bars.

A top-box is another type of hard motorcycle luggage. Like some packs, this is also secured behind the seat. Top-boxes can be an aftermarket addition to a motorcycle, meaning that they were not part of the original design. Some bikes, on the other hand, may already come with this type of luggage attached.

These boxes are often one of the more secure types of motorcycle luggage, since they can be locked. Some of these boxes also serve as a backrest for passengers. Others may even have built-in taillights.

As their name suggests, tank bags are mounted to the fuel tank of a motorcycle. Some of these bags can be attached using magnets. On non-metal tanks, they can be attached with straps. This type of motorcycle luggage is typically quite small, and it is often reserved for small items, such as maps or sunglasses.

Most motorcycles also have a built-in storage compartment under the seat. This is sometimes referred to as the trunk. Like a tank bag, this area is typically small, usually reserved for small tools or other items.

WiseTour is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Discussion Comments

WiseTour, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseTour, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.